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Fatty Liver Disease – All you need to know

Liver, Fatty liver disease

You went to the scanning center to get your stomach scanned for some other disease. After scanning, the doctor says, “There are no other problems, but there is some fat in your liver, which means you have fatty liver disease.” So what is Fatty Liver Disease? What are its symptoms? How can you prevent it? … Read moreFatty Liver Disease – All you need to know

How to take medicines during Ramadan fasting?

All over the world, followers of Islam religion fast from dawn to dusk for one whole month. Typically persons who regularly fast, skip their medicines or adjust the dose without consulting their doctors. This can lead to many preventable health complications. Below is a video in which I go through some of the key health … Read moreHow to take medicines during Ramadan fasting?

The Deadly Dengue Fever & How to stay clear from it

dengue fever aedes mosquito

Dengue is a common term one can hear in India particularly with the onset of the monsoon. This year also the number of persons diagnosed with Dengue Fever has increased dramatically compared to the last year especially in states like Punjab Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Dengue Fever is emerging as a major public health issue … Read moreThe Deadly Dengue Fever & How to stay clear from it

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

sphygmomanometer, high blood pressure

Blood in our body flows through two types of blood vessels. The ones that carries the pure, oxygenated blood from the heart to various parts of the body are called “arteries” and the other type which carries the deoxygenated blood back from the different parts of the body to the heart are called the “veins”.
Blood pressure is simply defined as the pressure or force exerted by the flowing blood against the walls of the vessels in which they are carried.
High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is the condition where the pressure exerted by the blood on the blood vessel wall, mainly the arteries is higher than the normal. The sustained rise in blood pressure can lead to many health problems like heart diseases, stroke, kidney diseases etc. Hypertension is fast becoming one of the major causes of Heart Diseases around the world. The risk of developing  other cardiovascular diseases increases greatly in the presence of Hypertension. This condition usually is asymptomatic in the initial years, but it can be easily detected and treated very effectively. The morbidity and mortality associated with hypertension rises if it is left untreated and uncontrolled. In this article, we shall learn the causes, the risk factors, the complications and ways to prevent and treat hypertension.

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Proper Prevention of Tetanus

tetanus lockjaw

Injured persons are an integral part of every Out Patient Department (OPD) in a hospital. At our hospital we get around 5 to 10 injury cases every day. And there is only one thing common in all these cases… all of them want Injection TT (Tetanus Toxoid). If it is a child who gets injured, the parents drag them to the hospital just to prick them with the syringe loaded with the magical ‘TT’. I am talking about the people in my area who resist the idea of immunization of small kids. They blatantly refuse to give the small babies injections, but they want everybody to get the ‘TT’ which they consider as a medicine for wound healing, and not as a vaccine. According to these demanding patients, one dose of TT is effective only for 6 months. I have no idea where they get such ideas from and so in this post I will be dealing with the Prevention of Tetanus and some of the important misconceptions regarding the Tetanus Immunization.

Before you go into the details of Tetanus, you might want to take a look at the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP).

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All about Malaria, symptoms, prevention & treatment

anopheles mosquito malaria

Last week, all the news channels in Kerala were enthusiastically reporting the detection of five “cerebral malaria” cases in Kozhikode district. All the cases were surprisingly detected in a single house! The newly elected health minister, director of health service department, health secretary and other healthcare workers were concerned. That’s because malaria is a serious … Read moreAll about Malaria, symptoms, prevention & treatment